By Vince Spadea
Spanning thirteen specialist seasons, this colourful and private account of 1 man's lifestyles at the grueling seasoned tennis circuit pulls no punches. As certainly one of simply avid gamers over the age of 30 ranked within the best 20 avid gamers on the planet, Vince Spadea bargains an within standpoint on his lifestyles as a world-class athlete: 11-month seasons, sixty eight tournaments, 5 continents, 4 court docket surfaces, and numerous hits and misses. beginning at age eight lower than the tutelage of his challenging father, he climbed the ratings, scuffling with damage, training judgements, and snubs from either fanatics and avid gamers. His position within the glamorous and gritty world-class tennis scene supplies him a lot dust to dish, and the entire enormous names are there—Andy Roddick, Roger Federer, Martina Navratilova, and Jennifer Capriati. Spadea takes photographs with John McEnroe at perform, raps with the Williams sisters over electronic mail, and trades barbs with Andre Agassi, who as soon as known as Spadea a "journeyman." half memoir and half expos?, this both comedian and gripping journey via expert tennis finds that the sport may well start at the courtroom, however it keeps some distance outdoors the white traces.
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Robby is a friendly, easygoing dude, a 22 year old born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He’d made it to the round of 16 at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon last year, and reached a career-high ranking of No. 23, but had slipped recently to No. 63. I’ve played him only once, last year on a fast, indoor hard court, and beat him in straight sets. Ginepri’s age cannot be used as an explanation for his slide in the rankings. S. Open. I had attained my highest ranking, No. 18, and at 25, I seemed on my way to bigger and better results.
Andre tells him five minutes. Agassi is known for never stretching before or after a match or practice — or for getting many massages — which are imperative for most athletes. ” 19 BreakPoint_FINAL 8/3/06 4:54 PM Page 20 Andre had hardly broken a sweat during our match. After his interview, he just picked up his bag and walked out, disappearing into the Agassiland he lives in every day. I was sitting in the locker room, plotting my next move, filled with doubtful, pensive thoughts, as is usual when I lose.
Andre steps back onto center court to an Elvis ovation. He blows kisses and bows to the elated Spaniards. Meanwhile, I do my impersonation of the quasi-gallop Andre uses to get off the court. I’m frustrated, and as I make my way back to the locker room, I reach into my bag and grab my mobile phone so I can take a picture of myself at that moment. Later, I’ll want to see what I looked like after Andre crushed me. It might serve as motivation so this will never happen again. In the locker room, I hear the media organizer ask Andre how much time he needs before his press conference.